Dis*crim`i*na"tion (?), n. [L.
discriminatio the contrasting of opposite thoughts.]
1. The act of discriminating, distinguishing, or
noting and marking differences.
To make an anxious discrimination between the
miracle absolute and providential. Trench.
2. The state of being discriminated,
distinguished, or set apart. Sir J. Reynolds.
3. (Railroads) The arbitrary
imposition of unequal tariffs for substantially the same
A difference in rates, not based upon any
corresponding difference in cost, constitutes a case of
discrimination. A. T. Hadley.
4. The quality of being discriminating;
faculty of nicely distinguishing; acute discernment; as, to show
great discrimination in the choice of means.
5. That which discriminates; mark of
Syn. -- Discernment; penetration; clearness; acuteness;
judgment; distinction. See Discernment.